The approach to Mecca brings hundreds of thousands together in a journey of idenity.
Literally stripped of the preoccupations of earthly status, there is a palpable spirit of equality which is the hallmark of
the religion. With each advancing step, the spiritual tension rises. Here is the description by the late Iranian
philosopher, Ali Shariati:
"[As you] move closer to the Kabah, you feel like a small stream merging with a big river. Carried
by a wave you lose touch with the ground. Suddenly, you are floating, carried on by the flood."
"... As you approach the centre, the pressure of the crowd squeezes
you so hard that you are given a new life... "
"You are now part of the People; you are now a Man, alive and eternal..."
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